The Uzbek Blues

I promised photographs of Uzbekistan.

Reviewing them, I find a history of Blues. The major monuments–the mosques, the madrasahs, and the mausoleums–assault the eye with  overwhelming detail. There is so much diversity of design scattered across the facades, walls, ceilings of the immense buildings that, in a feat of self-protection, the mind stammers and stops finding distinguishing features. The Blues take over, in each stanza repeating the first line three times and then stunning you with an unexpected fourth line. Next stanza, same format, different outcome.

You’ll see:

Tombs dedicated to Timur's mother, wives, and son

Tombs dedicated to Timur’s mother, wives, and son

Usto Ali Nesefi Mausoleum, 14th c.

Usto Ali Nesefi Mausoleum, 14th c.

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Tugle Tekin Mausoleum, 1376

Mirzo Ulugbek's Obseervatory

Mirzo Ulugbek’s Observatory

Amir Timur's Mausoleum, 14th-15th c.

Amir Timur’s Mausoleum, 14th-15th c.

Timur's Mausoleum

Timur’s Mausoleum

Timur's Mausoleum

Timur’s Mausoleum

Timur's Mausoleum

Timur’s Mausoleum

Dome over Timur's Mausoleum

Dome over Timur’s Mausoleum

The next five are the Tillya Kori Madrasah, 1646-60

The Tillya Kori Madrasah, 1646-60

This is one of three madrasahs on Registan Square, Samarqand.

Tillya Kori is one of three madrasahs on Registan Square, Samarqand.

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The next three pictures also show the Ulugbek Madrasah

The Ulugbek Madrasah

The Ulugbek Madrasah, 15-5h-17th c., also on Registan Square.

The Ulugbek Madrasah, 15-th-17th c., also on Registan Square.

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One of three madrasahs on Registan Square.

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4 thoughts on “The Uzbek Blues

  1. But he does find your photos a refreshment and I look forward to sharing these Blues with him tomorrow. (He’s asleep just now, as two calls to prayer intertwine in the air outside. So… Goodnight! Sid

  2. Ooo! Ooo, and My goodness! Were Jerry’s articulate reactions to the mausoleum and madrassahs, especially the glorious domes. And looking at the at the Tugle Teklin street at the outset of these “Blues,” his (“Blues,” that is): That’s the place I wanted to walk!

    These are so outstanding that I took all of the past 45minutes to upload each one separately on my sloooow iPad and show him. Glorious Blues, Peter! Thank you!

    Love, Sid and zzzzzz again

    On Tuesday, May 27, 2014, Sid Bremer <sid.bremer@gmail.com> wrote:

    > But he does find your photos a refreshment and I look forward to sharing > these Blues with him tomorrow. (He’s asleep just now, as two calls to > prayer intertwine in the air outside. > So… > Goodnight! > Sid > > On Tuesday, May 27, 2014, Letters from Orestes <

  3. Spiraled ceiling domes my favorites: Rhapsody in the complexities of Blue. Remember your first box of 8 Crayola crayons, a single “primary” blue, and how thrilling it was to graduate to a box of 36 multiple shades of colors? I protected a deep blue-green, selfish about sharing it. Thus, the Turkish rug I selected had to feature turquoise once our guide explained its significance, especially in tile artistry: “green for the land, blue for the sea and turquoise the melding of both.” Wonder what your favorite Crayola color was? Red, or some red-blue shade?

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